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Friday, November 21 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Launching (and sustaining!) a Successful Venture FILLING

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What does it take to launch a food start-up? How do you set your company's strategic goals and vision and determine your core competence? How do you motivate a team of people to be as decicated to the project as you are? What are key elements of a lasting venture and what is needed to grow and expand that venture whent the time comes? On the reverse side, what is is like for a mature food retailer to work with smaller, new food companies? If you are thinking about launching your own food venture, interested in working for or with one, or just want to hear amazing stories this panel is for you!

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Chris Hunt

Food Program Director, Sustainable Table
Chris Hunt serves as director of GRACE's food program, Sustainable Table, working to educate consumers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and developing tools to empower them to improve our food system. Chris provides strategic direction for the food program and oversees... Read More →

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Brian Fauver

CFO, A Southern Season
Brian is CFO of A Southern Season - a multi-store specialty retailer considered a premier destination for gourmet foods and specialty products. Southern Season is known for the breadth and quality of its specialty foods, wines, housewares, cookware and more; featuring a retail marketplace... Read More →
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Kim Elena Ionescu

Coffee Buyer & Sustainability Manager, Counter Culture Coffee
As Counter Culture’s Coffee Buyer and Sustainability Manager, Kim Elena constantly strives not only to improve the quality of coffee we are able to buy and roast, but also to develop and strengthen our relationships with producing partners all over the world. One of the main architects... Read More →
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Tina Prevatte

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Firsthand Foods
Tina is convinced that the power of business can be used to solve social and environmental problems. She enjoys working at intersections of socially responsible business and rural economic development.Specialties:Business Plan Development and Analysis, Sustainability Consulting
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Sean Lilly Wilson

Chief Executive Optimist, Fullsteam Brewery
Sean Lilly Wilson is owner and Chief Executive Optimist of Durham, NC-based Fullsteam, a “plow to pint” brewery and tavern. Since launching in 2010, Fullsteam's mission is to pioneer a Southern Beer Economy through the act of commerce, fostering economic opportunity for farmers... Read More →

Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm EST
McColl - 2575

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